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Intel: Light Peak may replace USB 3.0, due 2011

updated 06:45 pm EDT, Wed April 14, 2010

Intel suspects Light Peak will take over

Intel's upcoming Light Peak standard could take over from USB 3.0, company senior fellow Kevin Kahn said today at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing. The 10Gbps peripheral standard was technically built to link up other standards but was seen by Kahn as possibly replacing 5Gbps USB 3.0 altogether in the next few years. He went so far as to treat Light Peak as a finality that may replace any other standard in the future.

"We view this as a logical future successor to USB 3.0," Kahn told those gathered at the event. "In some sense[s] we'd... like to build the last cable you'll ever need."

The Intel fellow also made clear the release plans and noted that Light Peak would only become available to component makers in late 2010. Actual shipping PCs should be ready earlier in 2011.

Light Peak is considered complementary to USB 3.0 at present, and for now would primarily reduce the number of connections inside a computer or, in some cases, on the outside. Some rumors have maintained that it's actually an Apple-inspired standard and would be used to simplify connections while making possible next-generation iPhones, iPods and other devices that could sync in a fraction of the time it takes on 480Mbps USB 2.0.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Feynman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Which would explain

    why the new MacBookPro does not have USB 3.0, if it is going to be a dead standard in the next year, Apple does not want to have to support it.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Perfect for Apple

    This is the kind of tech apple loves. Completely new, all-in-one, and requires its users to buy all new peripherals, which allows them to not have to worry about supporting all those old peripherals in the future!

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Available 2011?

    Apple should catch-up to the standard by 2016...

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